George A. Gaitas

George A. Gaitas was born and raised in Greece by a seafaring family, originating in the island of Andros, but also has roots in Zakynthos and Crete. He received all of his higher education in the United States where he was first licensed to practice law (in Kansas). Later on the allure of the sea brought him to Tulane University in New Orleans where he studied maritime law and earned his L.L.M. After some years with a traditional maritime law firm in New Orleans, George returned to Greece and joined a privately-owned shipping group as general counsel where he worked in all areas of the business in both the dry cargo and tanker sectors, accumulating considerable hands-on shipping experience. As in-house counsel, George handled arbitration and litigation in many jurisdictions and tribunals worldwide.

 

In recent years George headed the office of a well-known maritime law firm in Houston. There, he carried on a nation-wide and international practice.

Sean D. Kennedy

Sean D. Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Tulane Law School where he earned certificates in both Civil Law and Maritime Law. During law school, Sean served on the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, which selected two of his works for publication in the Spring and Fall 2008 volumes. He was also the recipient of the 2008 Tulane Maritime Law Center Award for his legal writing.

 

Sean concentrates his legal practice in the economic and commercial areas of shipping. He practiced for several years with a maritime law firm in New Orleans, where he represented marine cargo interests, vessel charterers, marine insurers and owners of offshore drilling vessels in collision, salvage, wreck removal, insurance coverage and commercial disputes. In his more recent practice, Sean expanded his maritime civil litigation work in the areas of
maritime debt enforcement and collection, including detection, investigation and recovery in successor corporation liability claims, lender liability to third parties, and piercing of fraudulent corporate restructuring schemes.

 

Sean is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas, the federal district courts for the Middle and Eastern District of Louisiana, Southern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jonathan M. Chalos

Jonathan M. Chalos is a native Texan and lifelong Houstonian. He comes from a seafaring family from the Greek Island of Chios. Jonathan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a BA in Economics and from South Texas College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree.

 

He has been engaged in the practice of maritime law for several years and has developed in-depth knowledge and expertise in the areas of quality and safety management, and environmental compliance to help clients be proactive in meeting the strict requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard. He has sharp investigation skills, and an insightful understanding of complex facts having participated in many shipboard investigations and MARPOL
enforcement actions.

 

Jonathan also has considerable experience and expertise in dealing with issues of shipping taxation, and maritime debt enforcement and collection.

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George A. Gaitas was born and raised in Greece by a seafaring family, originating in the island of Andros, but also has roots in Zakynthos and Crete. He received all of his higher education in the United States where he was first licensed to practice law (in Kansas). Later on the allure of the sea brought him to Tulane University in New Orleans where he studied maritime law and earned his L.L.M. After some years with a traditional maritime law firm in New Orleans, George returned to Greece and joined a privately-owned shipping group as general counsel where he worked in all areas of the business in both the dry cargo and tanker sectors, accumulating considerable hands-on shipping experience. As in-house counsel, George handled arbitration and litigation in many jurisdictions and tribunals worldwide.

 

In recent years George headed the office of a well-known maritime law firm in Houston. There, he carried on a nation-wide and international practice concentrated on complex maritime litigation aimed at the recovery of substantial unpaid receivables from debtors’ ring-fenced assets despite their intricate corporate structures and fraudulent restructurings to avoid creditors.